Two years removed from announcing its “new era“, British automaker Lotus has withdrawn from attending the 2012 Paris Auto Show. Twenty four months ago Lotus was the star of the show, unveiling an entire new future lineup of vehicles.
The show organizers have confirmed that Lotus will indeed not make an appearance at this year’s show, undoubtedly caused by its recent internal turmoil that included the removal of Dany Bahar as CEO. One could argue that this will be a pivotal moment in the sports car maker’s history and what direction they decide to go from here will be vital to its survival.
Not attending the Paris Auto Show doesn’t necessarily mean that Lotus is in real trouble. More so that the automaker wants to ensure that it knows which direction it’s heading for the future before making any real big announcements. The fact that it had a strong showing in its home territory at the recent Goodwood Festival of Speed, should shut down any rumors that the company is going under anytime soon.
Either way, we hope that Lotus founds the right path, as there are fewer and fewer dedicated sports car makers left in this world.
[Source: Car and Driver]